By William “Stash” Jones
Oregon Cannabis Connection
December 3, 2016 — The Golden State Warriors head coach and former Chicago Bulls guard and NBA champion Steve Kerr admitted he uses medical marijuana in an interview on Friday. The admission comes as many players and former players are advocating for cannabis to be allowed by professional athletes, especially when the alternative is pharmaceutical pain killers.
“I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with,” Kerr told The Warriors Insider Podcast.
“(After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA,” he added.
According to CSN, Kerr had two surgeries on his back in 2015, the second to help with pain caused by the first. After taking vicodin for his pain, he knew that was not good and turned to cannabis.
“It’s way worse for you than pot, especially if you’re looking for a painkiller and you’re talking about medicinal marijuana, the different strains what they’re able to do with it as a pain reliever,” he said. “I think it’s only a matter of time before the NBA and NFL and Major League Baseball realize that.”
He expressed his hope that professional sports would start getting away from the addictive painkillers, especially the NFL due to the violent nature of the sport.
“I would hope that league will come to its senses and institute a different sort of program where they can help these guys get healthier rather than getting hooked on these painkillers.”
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